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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

Hey All,

Me and my roommates are going to Arizona in March for spring break. I need some suggestions/advice.
First of all, these are the things we would like to do....

1. Suns Game (Phoenix)
1a. Tour Chase Field (Phoenix)
2. Cubs Spring Training Game (Mesa)
3. Take a tour of University of Phoenix Online Stadium (Glendale)
4. See ASU's campus and climb "A" mountain (Tempe)
5. Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall (Scottsdale)
6. Go Tubing on the Salt River and/or white water raft.
7. Check out some local bars
8. Possibly go to the Grand Canyon

Ive been to Arizona before but since we want to do all of this, where would be a good place to stay? A centralized hotel would be nice so we could easily drive to all of this. I was thinking maybe Scottsdale/Tempe?

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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1259 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
I was thinking maybe Scottsdale/Tempe?

Very good to start and centrally located to all you need.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
climb "A" mountain (Tempe)

For a better climb, hike Camelback. The "A" mountain isn't much of a hike.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall (Scottsdale)

Shopping? With the great weather here, you want to go shopping? Indoor shopping?

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Go Tubing on the Salt River and/or white water raft.

http://www.saltrivertubing.com/

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Possibly go to the Grand Canyon

4 hour drive. Worth it, if you have never been. http://www.nps.gov/grca/

Welcome to our neck of the woods.



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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1247 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
6. Go Tubing on the Salt River and/or white water raft.

You can rule that out as it doesn't open 'til May. I think the white water rafting trips in the Grand Canyon are 5 days min.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1247 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 1):
Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall (Scottsdale)

Shopping? With the great weather here, you want to go shopping? Indoor shopping?

Never understood the fascination of going to another town just to go shopping. There isn't anything at Fashion Square that you won't find at any other higher end shopping mall in the US. Plus with the exception of the newer south wing, Fashion Square is older than most of the other major malls in the Valley. If you want to hit a mall for an afternoon, grab a movie, I'd hit up Arizona Mills.... which would also be in the area you want to stay in.


Otherwise definitely go to a Spring Training Game. Go tubing, I've never been but a good way to spend a warm afternoon.

Grand Canyon (I lived in AZ for over 10 years and never went) is worth it. If you have a car I'd also hit Sedona along the way. Though in March it will still be chilly up there.

Since you are an aviation buff head out to Falcon Field in Mesa and go to the Chaplin Fighter Museum and the Confederate Air Force Museum. Then get dinner at Anzio Landing.... not exactly top notch food, but the views are nice from the dining room.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13273 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1243 times:
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Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
I'd hit up Arizona Mills....

Be sure to wear kevlar though. That place has gotten really shady.



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1238 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
8. Possibly go to the Grand Canyon

As others have said, it's a must see! Move that up to the top of your list.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
where would be a good place to stay?

When I went last month, I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport. Pretty good place, moderately priced, and centrally located off Interstate 10. I recommend it.



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1233 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
where would be a good place to stay? A centralized hotel would be nice so we could easily drive to all of this. I was thinking maybe Scottsdale/Tempe?

We stayed at the Embassy Suites just north of Sky Harbor (North 41st at East McDowell) in early June for something like $90/night.....winter rates might still be in effect in March, so you might end up paying a bit more for hotels. And for the spotting nerds, like me, the airport is perhaps two miles down North 41st.

The Grand Canyon is definitely worth the roadie.....and Sedona is an easy diversion to take off I-17. Don't try to do the roundtrip in one day.....stay a night in either Flagstaff or Tusayan/Grand Canyon Village and enjoy the trip that much more.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1228 times:

Enjoy Arizona, but please stay away from Lake Havasu City. It's a waste of of time & money there.
I should know, I've lived there for 3 years, and during spring break it's just overcrowded, dirty & the cops are dicks.
Rest of the state is much more tasteful & enjoyable than Havasu will ever be.
Regards.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1225 times:



Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 7):
the cops are dicks.

You might be too if you had to deal with the Spring Break clientele (not known for its peacefulness). I'd be a dick if I had to deal with that mentality.



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

Let me clarify on Havasu's cops being dicks. Cops there are little dicks during off-season, but they're nothing but viagra-induced boners during spring break. They treat the town's own citizens like crap as well, during the rowdy days & nights of spring break...and spring break is the #1 source of dollars for Havasu. Avoid them if you can.
Regards.



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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

How about the sports events??

Is the University of Phoenix Online stadium worth going to get a tour? I have heard that it is amazing and state of the art.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
I'd hit up Arizona Mills.... which would also be in the area you want to stay in.

Where is that by the way?

Oh, I forgot to add one more thing to our list....

We would like to go on a ATV desert tour as well. Any places in the Phoenix metro area for that?


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1212 times:



Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 9):
Cops there are little dicks during off-season, but they're nothing but viagra-induced boners during spring break.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Point taken.

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 10):
Where is that by the way?

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

http://www.arizonamills.com/static/n....jsp;jsessionid=a70JFSn-I8rbvchXRA



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1196 times:



Quoting National757 (Reply 5):
When I went last month, I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport. Pretty good place, moderately priced, and centrally located off Interstate 10. I recommend it.



Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
We stayed at the Embassy Suites just north of Sky Harbor (North 41st at East McDowell) in early June for something like $90/night.....winter

While both decent hotel choices I don't think anything near Sky Harbor would be a good choice. Neither of those places are anywhere near anything, except maybe a freeway offramp. Unfortunately during March with spring training in full force there won't be any screaming deals on hotels. I would think Priceline would be a good bet. And I'd stick the Tempe/Scottsdale. Downtown Scottsdale may just be the best location overall IMHO. Especially if you want some nightlife.



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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Keep it coming!

Thanks for all of the great information everyone


User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1176 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 10):
We would like to go on a ATV desert tour as well. Any places in the Phoenix metro area for that?

There are a lot of companies doing ATV, Jeep and Hummer tours. They'll pick you up from your hotel, and then take you out to the desert (NOT in metro Phoenix!).

If you want shopping, Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale is ok, as is Chandler Fashion Mall. If you want to fo higher end then Biltmore Fashion Park will suit you.

Tempe has got good nightlife (mainly students), as has Scottsdale (mainly MILFs and 30k Millionaires - check www.dirtyscottsdale.com). There are some exceptions though before people rag on me for that!

Get to the Grand Canyon, you won't regret it. Four Peaks is also worth a drive out to, though I have never hiked it a few friends say it's a good hike.



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User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1175 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
2. Cubs Spring Training Game (Mesa)



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
1. Suns Game (Phoenix)



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
6. Go Tubing on the Salt River and/or white water raft.

All Good.


I really like an old mining town of Jerome. Beautiful view and cool atmosphere. Its only about a 1.5 hour drive from Phoenix. Old town scottsdale has alot of clubs/bars. If you prefer regular types of clubs than Martini Ranch is good. There are also trendy clubs there all within a square mile.

Hit up Mill avenue one weekend night as well in Tempe. Its the ASU bar street.

Sedona is beautiful but don't spend too much time there. It is a overcrowded tourist trap. Look at the mountains. Check out the stream and get the hell out.

Camelback and Supersitition mountains are the best hikes. Camelback is a quick couple of hours up and down. Superstition is an all day thing. You can see all of the huge mansions from Camelback and the Superstitions have more nature to see. I saw my only Gila monster there. Look out for rattlers too.

A cool mall to check out is Kierland Commons in N Scottsdale. It is outdoor with a different kind of atmosphere. Lots of Scottsdale snobs and fake tits (same as at fashion square) but there are some cool stores. In 2008 they are building a whole new mall across Scottsdale road that will compliment it even more.

One of the coolest places to eat and drink out here is Greasewood Flats out in my neck of the woods in N. Scottsdale. I can't even begin to describe it, just make sure you wear a tie.


User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3242 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

When you go to the Grand Canyon, take a couple of days to take the long way, either there or back...it will be well worth it. Must-see places in geographical order are Prescott, Jerome, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff, which can be done in reverse if you chose to see them after the Grand Canyon.


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1173 times:



Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 15):
Sedona is beautiful but don't spend too much time there. It is a overcrowded tourist trap. Look at the mountains. Check out the stream and get the hell out.

 checkmark 

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 15):
Old town scottsdale has alot of clubs/bars. If you prefer regular types of clubs than Martini Ranch is good. There are also trendy clubs there all within a square mile.

AZ88 is a good place.

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 15):
A cool mall to check out is Kierland Commons in N Scottsdale. It is outdoor with a different kind of atmosphere. Lots of Scottsdale snobs and fake tits (same as at fashion square) but there are some cool stores. In 2008 they are building a whole new mall across Scottsdale road that will compliment it even more.

 checkmark 



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1160 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 10):
Is the University of Phoenix Online stadium worth going to get a tour? I have heard that it is amazing and state of the art.

It is only stadium with a retractable field, now if we can just do something about the team..and Chase Field tour is also interesting, since its March, chances are you will get to visit the clubhouses. Cubs spring training games sell out quickly so order your tickets as soon as they go on sale. For hotels- the Mariott-Mesa (Phoenix-East) is the place where Cubs fans stay, and Sluggo's across the street has a Cubs favor to it. The ASU campus is a sight in the spring time (coeds). Forget Scottsdale Fashion Mall, and as stated tubing is out. Please come and spend your money..


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1142 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
climb "A" mountain

Why climb when you can drive?  duck 

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
I'd hit up Arizona Mills....

I like the chandler mall more, but thats just me

Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 7):
Rest of the state is much more tasteful & enjoyable than Havasu will ever be.

Except for PRC

Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 9):
Cops there are little dicks during off-season,

At least you have an off season, here in PRC cops are out for blood 24/7  banghead 


User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1108 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 19):
Except for PRC

What's up with Prescott? I've been there a few times and it's pretty cool - the town has got some interesting buildings as well.



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User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3242 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1092 times:



Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 20):
What's up with Prescott? I've been there a few times and it's pretty cool - the town has got some interesting buildings as well.

Prescott is beautiful and is a must-see town. The courthouse square, Whiskey Row, Thumb Butte, etc. Perhaps its one of the best towns in America. Maybe I should shut up now because I grew up there.  Smile



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1079 times:



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
If you want to hit a mall for an afternoon, grab a movie, I'd hit up Arizona Mills....

I do that a lot, since it's closer to me.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
If you have a car I'd also hit Sedona along the way. Though in March it will still be chilly up there.

Anything NORTH of Sunset Point is chilly. Be prepared.

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 4):
That place has gotten really shady.

Arizona Mills Mall, yes. Lots of the merchants are vacating and new ones moving in and doing the same thing.

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
stay a night in either Flagstaff

If you do this, I highly suggest the Little America Hotel. That's a really nice hotel with a victorian touch. Its right along the 17.

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 10):
Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
I'd hit up Arizona Mills.... which would also be in the area you want to stay in.

Where is that by the way?

I-17 and the beginning of US60 in Tempe.

Quoting Jmc1975 (Reply 16):
...Jerome...

 rotfl  This is a fascinating place in Yavapai County. Jerome is a small mining town...WITH a mental hospital at the top of the mountain, which is now a hotel. Worth a look!

Quoting Jmc1975 (Reply 16):
...Oak Creek Canyon...

I used to live in Oak Creek Canyon. If you want to stay a night here, I suggest Briar Patch Inn. It's only 3 miles from Uptown Sedona.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 19):
I like the chandler mall more, but thats just me

 checkmark  I miss that place! Very spacious and a beautiful mall! Too bad I moved out of Chandler. Sad



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User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 22):
WITH a mental hospital at the top of the mountain, which is now a hotel. Worth a look!

The Grand Hotel was actually a hospital for the miners. Supposedly it is haunted because so many miners died there. I've stayed there a couple of times with girls that I've been dating. Awesome atmosphere.

There is a restaurant by the hotel that is called The Haunted Hamburger.



You can sit on the patio and have an awesome view of the Sedona Valley.

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g123/dropsofjupiterlol/jerome004.jpg

I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life there. Reddish/purple thunderclouds were rolling over the horizon as the sun went down. Didn't have a camera though.

[Edited 2007-12-07 19:48:11]

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1036 times:



Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 20):
I've been there a few times and it's pretty cool - the town has got some interesting buildings as well.

Ahh... you see that's the thing, PRC is all cute and what not to passersby, but it's when you actually live here you realize what a redneck-riddencrystal-worshipping hobo-loving crackhead-sanctuary and god-awful-crappy-driving person town this is. I could write a whole dissertation on why else but I'll leave that for another thread. Same applies to Cottonwood/Chino Valley/Kingman towns. The only semi-decent places in northern AZ are FLG and Sedona.

But that's just me.


25 AirframeAS : Acutally, that is Camp Verde Valley.
26 Jmc1975 : Isn't it simply known as the 'Verde Valley'?
27 Post contains images FLY2HMO :
28 AirframeAS : Yes, but Camp Verde is actually there.
29 Post contains images Jmc1975 : Yes, Camp Verde is in the Verde Valley. But there is no such thing as the Camp Verde Valley, or you may as well call it Cottonwood Valley.
30 Post contains images AirframeAS : My bad, totally. I should have omitted the 'Camp' part. Im such a dumb *bleep* today....
31 Asuflyer05 : The scenery is better at Scottsdale. Or better yet, Kierland.
32 Post contains images EA CO AS : Both are excellent, but for the best scenery Scottsdale Fashion Square gets the nod.
33 AirframeAS : Yep, I forgot about that place. It has an open air atmosphere like the Horton Plaza Mall in SAN, only Scottsdale's mall is more on one level, rather
34 Post contains images Fumanchewd : I agree. Chandler Fashion Square is all families and knocked up women. I feel like a bachelor outcast walking around that place. Scottsdale fashion sq
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